If you’re ever driving the outback road that runs east-west between Leinster and Mount Magnet in the Murchison Gold Fields, then I recommend pulling over at the Peter Denny Lookout rest stop for a break along the way. If you’re there around the end of the day they you might decide to camp there for the night because the views make it a bit nicer than most roadside rest areas.
The lookout is on the edge of a breakaway formation with expansive views down the orange cliffs to the endless sea of flat spinifex scrub extending out to the horizon.
When we were there a couple of wedge-tailed eagles were circling overhead and swooping down into the hollow. We stood there watching them for quite a while and I managed to get the first photos of our trip of flying eagles where I could actually see an eagle in the photo afterward rather than an empty blue sky!
Picnics and Free Camping at Peter Denny Lookout
Peter Denny Campsite Summary:
- Cost: free
- Pets OK
- Fires OK
- Picnic benches
- Camp fire drums
- No toilets
- No showers
- No water at all – bring your own
- Best suited for caravans and campervans
The Peter Denny lookout area is well set up for a picnic stop or even to pull over for the night. It’s very spacious and open with some basic facilities including fire drums, rubbish bins and concrete picnic tables. There would be no problem maneuvering and parking caravans as the driveway in is wide and has two entrances, meeting back up again with the road further on.
Mum and I both thought we wouldn’t mind waking up to the breakaway views in the morning, however we’d only just left Leinster and weren’t ready to set up camp just yet. Also we thought it wouldn’t be such a nice camping spot in our tent; like most basic roadside rest stops it’s better suited to campervans and caravans.
Small trees offer a little shade, though I doubt it would make much difference on a really hot day. One downside would be that there’s not much separating the camping area from the road, but it’s not a road that seems to get a lot of big trucks and traffic – well at least not compared to the Goldfields Highway and Great Northern Highway.
Location of the Peter Denny Lookout
The lookout and rest area is located on the southern side of the Agnew-Sandstone Road, about 33km east of Sandstone and 105km west of Leinster.
Last Updated: 21st August, 2015.
First posted on 13th October, 2014 by Bonny.
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